Lettings Expected to Remain Strong in 2015

November 24, 2014

NEW_PENNDOTAt the annual meeting of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), PennDOT presented a recap of the 2014 highway construction program and made a projections for 2015. With a little over a month to go, PennDOT is expected to let approximately $2.6 billion in highway projects. The department has already eclipsed $2.4 billion as of Nov. 24. PennDOT anticipates maintaining its strong project output as a result of Act 89. They foreceasted 2015’s lettings to total at least $2.4 billion. The number could be pushed higher with project put out for bid via the Commonwealth’s Public-Private Partnership Law. While these numbers are projections, PennDOT has routinely met or exceeding these number in past year. To view the full 2015 construction forecast click HERE.



PennDOT’s Strong October Puts Yearly Lettings Over $2.4 billion

November 3, 2014

NEW_PENNDOTAct 89 continues to push construction lettings to significantly higher levels compared to last year. PennDOT had another strong month with nearly $300 million in projects being put out on the street during the month of October. This now brings the year-to-date total to just over $2.4 billion. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.465 billion in lettings. At this pace, PennDOT will far exceed its initial 2014 estimate of $2.2 billion.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue in 2015. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding $2 billion in construction lettings in 2015. PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more


‘Green Light Go’ on PA Newsmakers this week

October 17, 2014

LathamSchochNewsmakersAmong the solutions for improving highways is one that requires relatively little investment and no new construction. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, appearing on Pennsylvania Newsmakers this week, outlined the department’s “Green Light Go” program and joined Associated Pennsylvania Constructors’ Bob Latham to provide a progress report on Act 89, the transportation funding measure that passed nearly one year ago.

“There’s no better low-cost improvement to reduce congestion and improve safety than to upgrade traffic signals,” the secretary said. To view the entire segment, click here.



APC to seek work zone safety solution

October 10, 2014

It probably comes as no surprise that speeding through work zones is the top safety concern among highway construction workers.

WZCAMERAAdd to that the increased speed limits on the Turnpike and on sections of some Interstate Highways, along with the increasing number of work zones as PennDOT’s Decade of Investment advances following passage of the transportation funding act, and it becomes clear why the issue has climbed to the top of the industry’s list of priorities.

In August, the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors Safety Committee recommended that APC lead a legislative initiative to allow the use of cameras to enforce speed limits in work zones.

In Maryland, which implemented a camera enforcement program in 2009, speeding in work zones has decreased significantly. Signage announces that speeding through work zones will result in fines, cameras photograph the license plates of vehicles that fail to comply, and vehicle owners receive a citation by mail.

Given the Maryland experience and the universal desire to protect highway construction workers, APC is hopeful that the legislation will receive strong support near the beginning of the next legislative session. Except for a few procedural matters, the current session effectively ends next week.

“Maryland’s experience shows that not only is camera enforcement effective, it’s very cost-effective since it provides protection around the clock without requiring the time and attention of State Police personnel,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “We hope that legislators will embrace the idea strongly and quickly next year.”



Governor Corbett highlights transportation funding benefits

October 1, 2014

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PennDOT’s continuing effort to highlight the benefits of Act 89, the transportation funding bill, received a boost from Gov. Tom Corbett this week in a high-profile news event in Pittsburgh.

With the Birmingham Bridge serving as a backdrop, the governor made the point that the funding bill will benefit people in every corner of Pennsylvania. The Birmingham Bridge itself will undergo $28.5 million in repairs after an incident in 2008 that closed the bridge for a month when the bridge deck dropped due to deterioration.Tom Corbett

Funding from Act 89 accelerated the timetable to repair the bridge. The act will raise $2.3 billion per year in additional transportation revenue by 2018, supporting tens of thousands of jobs.

So far, PennDOT has started work on more than 200 Act 89-funded projects covering more than 1,600 miles of roads and 83 bridges. Overall, more than 900 projects are expected to get underway this year, both from Act 89 and prior funding streams.

To view the entire news release, click here.


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